The Emerge program for young artists will host its third Art on Demand event at The Reach on Aug. 8

The Emerge program for young artists will host its third Art on Demand event at The Reach on Aug. 8

Art on Demand features The Upshot with Vancouver Island artist Jay Hanscom

The event for young artists will be hosted at The Reach, Aug. 8.

The Emerge program for young artists will host its third Art on Demand event at The Reach on Aug. 8 at 2 p.m., featuring The Upshot, a casual talk with artist Jay Hanscom.

In honour of Hanscom’s Milkshakes and Gasoline, a current exhibition at The Reach, Mr. Cool’s Vintage Ice Cream Truck will be on hand to help break the summer heat.

Along with Hanscom’s talk, there will be an opening reception for Art on Demand 1:3 featuring Emerge artists Olivia de Fleuriot and Jessica Hurd, both Fine Arts graduates from Trinity Western University. This exhibition is curated by Emerge member Alisha Deddens, a recent University of the Fraser Valley Fine Arts graduate. All artists will be in attendance and welcome the public to join them.

During The Upshot component, Hanscom will tour guests through his exhibition Milkshakes and Gasoline, where he revisits childhood memories and fixations. Borne of the love of spaghetti (classic) westerns, B-movies, hot rods, ray guns and punk rock, Hanscom explores masculinity and pop culture. He will discuss these art pieces and reflect on his career as a successful artist.

Mirroring The Reach’s operational structure, the Emerge program functions as a membership-led “gallery within a gallery.” Along with opportunity to submit artwork to an annual exhibition, some of the Fraser Valley’s most promising emerging artists (ages 16 to 30) get to showcase exciting new works at Art on Demand exhibitions. Emerge members also have access to unique programs, workshops and studio/gallery tours

Thanks to funding support from the Hamber Foundation, admission is free to Art on Demand 1:3 and The Upshot tour. For more information go to thereach.ca.